Home Sweet Home

Hastily Written has gotten off to a slower start than I planned originally, but the last couple of weeks there's been a lot of pen related activity, just mostly behind the scenes.

I’ve been acquiring, because of course I have...

Monteverde Invincia Deluxe Nighthawk

Monteverde Invincia Deluxe Nighthawk

and re-inking some old favorites to maybe write about...

Pelikan M205, new Field Notes Shelterwood edition and a Negroni.

Pelikan M205, new Field Notes Shelterwood edition and a Negroni.

and finally admitting I have a bit of an ink sample problem

top = before, bottom = after

top = before, bottom = after

that needed organization.



But most excitingly, I’ve been making a new home for all these pen musings!

So here we are. The new home of Hastily Written.


There’s a spiffy new logo, all the old content, plus an about page, ways to get in touch, and a page for lists. The lists page will shift as time goes on I’m sure, but for now is top 5 inks, and a list of my currently inked fountain pens.


Now that I have a more permanent home, expect weekly longer posts with some scattered Instagram photos and shorter posts throughout the week. Also, I can promise that at some point my cat will start making appearances.


For now, enjoy the new digs and follow me either here (via RSS) or on tumblr.

Beginning again


In a couple of days I’m going to post about the lovely, lovely pen you can see in the post before this, my new TWSBI Micarta. But it’s been silent here for a few months, so I figured I’d start with some navelgazing! And the glamor shot of my Nock Co Hightower with my four non Micarta daily pens and a little handmade book by the amazing Maddox Pratt. Pens are, Kara’s Kustom Render K White Delrin, Monteverde Artista Crystal, Pilot Metropolitan with swapped EF nib and a Retro 51 Tornado Stealth Black.

The last 6 months my pen buying habits have tended towards the lower end, which for me means under 50 bucks a pen. I can afford more expensive pens, especially if I saved up for them over a month or two, but given that this is my second time around with fountain pens and I wasn’t quite sure how long this love would last, I decided to settle comfortably into the lower end and explore my options (and there are SO. MANY. OPTIONS.) before I bought something more substantial again. This approach has served me really well, honestly. Some of these more affordable pens have floored me.

e.g. the Pilot Metropolitan with a swapped EF nib is hands down one of my favorite pens to write with. The Pilot EF nib from the Penmanship is a wonder. Consistent, never skips or hard starts, and the finest line I’ve ever written with. All for about 25 bucks. And the Monteverde Artista Crystal, is my first demonstrator and I bought it on a whim. It won me over quickly. It’s dependable, and the see through feed is amazing. Immediately rose up to a top three pen for me, especially with the odd and lovely Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-Ho.

But as of a week ago, I broke my budget. Enter the Micarta. A splurge. And a good prompt to write more.

Which is all leading up to this:

Although I’m going to ramble on about the TWSBI Micarta soon, I don’t know if I’ll really do reviews in the traditional sense. There are so many places all over where you can read people way more knowledgeable than I talk the nuts and bolts of pens. I could try that, but I think I’d be pretty bad at it. What I can try to be good at though, is giving you a sense of why I like or dislike a pen. Reviews are subjective no matter how much you may try for otherwise, so I’m just going to embrace the subjective and give up the pretense of reviewing completely!

Which is all to say, reiterating that first post, this is about sharing this odd love I have, and over time, giving you a sense of WHY I like what I like.

It’s simple, really. It’s just about loving pens.

a start

And we start…


I first got into pens a few years ago. I was working a terrible job and finishing a degree. After two plus years of full time work and grad school, I was staring at a dreary confusing light at the end of a tunnel I mostly regretted going down. It was a hectic time, and given my temperament I grabbed onto anything that seemed like it could help me make sense of the 800 things I had to do every day. It started with productivity blogs, podcasts, books, etc. and very quickly I started caring about the tools I used to organize myself.


So pen and paper. I was entranced by fountain pens most of all. I can give reasons I love pens, the stock reasons every pen lover eventually learns. And I believe most of them! But when I really ask myself why, and especially why fountain pens, I’m not quite sure. Hence this thing. A chance to write, a chance to talk about pens and save my friends from the inevitable boredom, and a chance to understand why these implements end up meaning so much to me. There’s a podcast, The Pen Addict, and at some point while catching up on all the episodes, Brad and Myke both said that there’s nothing quite like the joy of a new pen or a new ink. Without hesitation I thought, “Yes, this is true.” and immediately wasn’t sure why that is.

So here’s to explaining the inexplicable.